Epcot’s 2019 International Festival of the Arts

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The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

What:  2019 International Festival of the Arts

Where:  Epcot

When:   January 18th to February 25, 2019

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“Where everyone is an artist”

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Disney paintings everywhere!

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We chose the blue color, #7.  You are supposed to paint at least 4 squares in your color.  The festival passport is free.

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A new wall mural is painted every day.  (Free event)

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Free postcard when you’re done painting.

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Some of this year’s merchandise.

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Special MagicBands for the Festival.

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The coolest things are the Living Sculptures!

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There were 6 of them. So cool!

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Space

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Energy

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Motion

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Meeting Mickey and Goofy

Things to see:

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Artists at work.  They paint from opening to closing.

Festival highlights include:

  • Artist appearances
  • Artful photo ops
  • Workshops and seminars with visiting artists
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • Community arts musical showcase
  • Culinary masterpieces
  • Destinations Discovered Tour
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series
  • Gallery exhibits
  • IllumiNations
  • Interactive mural
  • Living statues
  • Walking chalk gallery and more!

Even More to Explore!

  • Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered Tour
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Cookie painting!  We tried this cookie!

The Festival of the Arts features five unique food booths, each with an eclectic menu that puts an emphasis on presentation and plating as much as bold flavors.

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Paint your own pop tart (with icing!).

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Caroline’s colorful poptart. It was very good!

Original artwork will be on display at the Odyssey Festival Showplace located in the Odyssey building near the entrance to World Showcase.

In addition, chalk artists will reproduce classic works on canvas as well as park sidewalks, Epcot Living Statues literally come to life and guest performance artists create magic on the spot—with only a wave of their paintbrush!

The America Gardens Theatre offers the free Broadway Concert Series, with songs from Aladdin, Newsies, The Lion King and more. Guests can sing along to sensational, show-stopping renditions of unforgettable Disney hits… bravo!  Visit the America Gardens Theatre stage at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each festival day to catch the Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

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The 2019 International Festival of the Arts

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Festival of the Arts

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney Sisters

Trying a Sprinkles Cupcake at Disney Springs

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My Mickey Mouse Oreo Cupcake!!!  $4.95

Week 1:

After finishing up at Disney Casting, it was time to meet up with my DCP friend, Justin, at Disney Springs.

There’s a cupcake shop at Disney Springs called Sprinkles.

They all looked pretty good!

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How to chose just one???

Cupcakes are $4.95 each or $53 for a dozen.

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Chocolate cupcakes….

They also carry ice cream, cookies, sodas, juices, and coffee drinks.

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The Sprinkles menu. The cupcake selection changes daily.

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More than just cupcakes!

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And they carry mini cupcakes too!  Just $3.50 each

You can sign up here for perks like getting your first cupcake for free and getting a free cupcake on your birthday:  Sprinkles Perks.

CM Tip:  Disney cast members get a 10% discount!

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The Sprinkles cupcake ATM.

There’s a cupcake ATM right outside! You don’t even have to go into the shop.  The cupcake ATM, which is open even when the bakery is closed, can hold up to 400 cupcakes.  It’s constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness.

Note:  The cupcake ATM  also carries dog-friendly cupcakes!

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Don’t let long lines outside put you off. The line moves very fast!

Sprinkles at Disney Springs

1676 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

(407) 560-9192

Store Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 10am – 12am

Cupcake machine:  Open 24/7.

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Sprinkles has sitting outside

Click here on Sprinkles Cupcakes for the daily cupcake menu.

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Yes, please!

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

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How cute is this Mickey donut – with sprinkles! – necklace???!!!

Welcome to Disney World Casting!

Disney Casting building at DTD.

The Disney Casting building across from Disney Springs. 

Day 2:  Welcome to Disney Casting

Disney Casting is where you get fingerprinted and, for some safety critical roles  like lifeguarding, attractions, a simple drug test of peeing in a cup is performed.  (Christian is food service at Cosmic Rays over at the Magic Kingdom and didn’t need a drug test.)

Plan on being there 1 – 2 hours as you move from room to room, getting in lines and more lines, and watching company info and safety videos.

The casting orientation for the Spring DCP program goes faster than the orientation for the Fall DCP program as there are less participants.

Definitely bring a water bottle and some snacks!

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10am:  Getting on the free shuttle from Chatham apartments to the Disney Casting building.

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A very cool looking building!

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The golden Disney character statues welcoming you to Disney Casting.

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These are pretty cool looking.

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Company info videos.

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12pm: Done and heading back to his apartment for the afternoon. It’s a cool January day for Florida….only 68 degrees.

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The famous doorknobs on the Disney Casting door. Up until a year ago, they were golden. Then, they refurbished the building and put up these bluish ones. They are not as pretty that’s for sure!!!  I wonder who made this design decision???!!!

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Throwback Thursday, Looking Back – Our Day at Disney World Casting:

After check-in at Vista Way, it was off to Disney Casting for all the new Fall CPs.

Dress is casual.

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Caroline’s 1st Day at DCP Program: At Disney Casting for check-in

At Disney Casting, finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

At Disney Casting, Elly finding Hidden Mickeys in the sparkles on the wall!

Off to be fingerprinted!

Caroline’s off to be fingerprinted!

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New DCP arrivals with their free DCP blue bags (perfect for that Walmart run!).

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The shiny and golden doorknobs of the big door at Disney Casting! Welcome new Cast Member!

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You can buy the Casting phone case!

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December 2018: These Christmas ornaments were available at our local Disney Store here in Colorado. So fun!

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/
Two Disney Sisters

Let the Disney Adventure Begin!

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Spring DCP Program at Disney World: January 2019 – May 2019

For those of you who follow our daily Disney blog, you might have read a few months ago that our brother, Chris, was accepted into the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

We’ll be posting about his adventures at the Magic Kingdom over the coming months.

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Day 0:

It’s Sunday morning and the time has finally come for him to head down to Orlando.

His program check-in day is tomorrow.

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Only guys can pack for a 4 month adventure in just 2 suitcases!

His suitcases are packed and his Southwest boarding pass is printed.

He has perfect sunny and clear flying weather as the major snowstorm stayed north of his flight path.

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Saying goodbye at DIA.

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Looking all GQ.

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We always fly Southwest whenever we can! ❤

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January 13, 2019:  Taking off out of DIA.

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Lots of snow and very cold…only 23 degrees!

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South Platte River basin.

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We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP:

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Two Disney Sisters

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I think we were more excited heading off to the airport than he was!  We’re going to miss him sooooo much!

LAVA MagicBands for Valentine’s Day 2019!

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Brand new LE “I Lava You” MagicBand for Valentine’s Day!

Inspired by the Pixar short “Lava,” one side of this adorable MagicBand features Uku, the lonely volcano and “I Lava You” text.

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Uku

The other side features Lele, Uku’s love interest, with “Happy Valentine’s Day 2019”.

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Lele

You can use your MagicBand to enter your Disney resort hotel room, the theme parks, redeem FastPass+ reservations, purchase souvenirs, and much more.

Available at ShopDisney at: If you’ve fallen in lava with this limited edition MagicBand, purchase now.

We “lava” this MagicBand!!!  ❤

$34.99

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We really want this!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Seeing the Beautiful Mosaic Murals at Cinderella’s Castle

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Walking through the Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland.

The mosaic murals at Cinderella Castle walk through are lovely. They tell Cinderella’s story of finding true love.

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The 5 Cinderella Castle murals line the corridor on the right.

There are five mosaic murals that line the wall along the corridor that passes through the Cinderella Castle, each measuring fifteen feet high and ten feet wide.

Installing the mural, 1970.

Installing the murals, 1970.

These murals took 2 years to install!

These murals took 2 years to install! One million bits and pieces of glass laid by hand!

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Those shiny yellow tiles are real 22K GOLD!

The mosaic murals took over one million hand cut and shaped pieces of glass, bits of real gold and silver, and numerous “jewels” to complete.

More than 500 glass colors were used in the designs and the entire process took two years to complete.

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Cinderella’s going to the Prince’s Ball with the help of her Fairy Godmother’s magic.

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If the shoe fits….

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True love…and they lived happily ever after! 🙂

The Cinderella Castle is the crown jewel of Walt Disney World. 🙂

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The Partners statue in front of the Cinderella Castle

Throwback Thursday:  1996 Visiting the Cinderella Castle for the second time!

#TBT Our Throwback Thursday: 1996 
Visiting the Cinderella Castle for the second time!  Beautiful!!!

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Princess Ariel is Our Favorite Mermaid!

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That Aquaman is a hottie for sure!

January 8, 2019:  We saw Aquaman last weekend and loved it!
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Ariel’s Grotto at the Magic Kingdom. No one was in line! Empty.  We walked right in.

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We love The Little Mermaid ride in Fantasyland.

We got Fast Passes to see Princess Ariel in her grotto on our last trip to Disney World.  We walked right in…no wait!

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Our mom hadn’t seen Princess Ariel in years.

We love seeing our favorite mermaid, Princess Ariel, at Ariel’s Grotto in the Magic Kingdom.  But, the wait line can be long and FastPasses to see her are hard to get especially in the summer or during the Christmas holidays.

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Our CM friend Ricky was with us.

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Princess Ariel admiring Caroline’s new earrings.

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She’s so pretty!

We were lucky and scored some really good Princess Ariel pin trades right in front of Ariel’s Grotto. The cast member we traded with said that a guest was walking around and pin trading with some really old Ariel pins from 2007.

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Our favorite mermaid! (I traded a cast member for this pin right in front of Ariel’s Grotto!)

So fun!

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Love this ride and love her bridal veil! ❤

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My new Ariel mug. I love how her hair is the mug’s handle!

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She waved right at us during the Festival of Fantasy parade that afternoon.

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We had lunch over at Disney’s Art of Animation (a first for us).

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We love Disney PhotoPass! Their enhanced photos with borders are perfect!

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Do you want to Disney Bound as Princess Ariel (when she has her land legs)? We have!

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My favorite color combo!!!

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Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel (after she gets her legs!).

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Throwback Thursday, 2009: Meeting Princess Ariel at Disneyland.  She has legs!

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Two Disney Sisters